ITHACA, NY (WETM) – The Ithaca Police, Specialized Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team have all been dispatched to an incident at Tompkins County Mental Health where a person armed with a weapon was is barricaded in a bathroom.
Officers received reports of a “person acting out of control” around 10:06 a.m., according to the Ithaca Police Department. When they arrived at the scene, police determined that the person experiencing a mental health crisis had barricaded himself in the downstairs lobby bathroom and was making threats.
This person, later identified by police as 50-year-old Patrick Shawn Dort, was armed with a knife. The Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team and the Ithaca-Tompkins Crisis Negotiation Team were both activated after initial attempts by Ithaca police officers to get Dort out of the toilet failed.
After nearly two hours of attempts by crisis negotiators to get Dort out of the toilet, less lethal options were deployed.
Dort came out of the bathroom just before noon and got physical with police and deputies trying to take this person into custody.
Dort was eventually arrested and transported by Bangs Ambulance to an area hospital for a mental health check.
Dort was charged with threatening a police officer and 3rd degree felony possession of a weapon, both Class D felonies.
Dort was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail and is scheduled to attend a preliminary felony hearing in Ithaca City Court later this week.